The site of a plane crash is seen in the distance, across Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., June 1, 2014. The co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, Lewis Katz, was killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts, just days after reaching a deal that many hoped would end months of infighting at the newspaper and help restore it to its former glory. (Michael Dwyer / AP)
Bedford, Mass. — The flight crew killed in the fiery crash of Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz’s small plane had worked together for a decade, and included a pilot who once survived a fatal crash.
The jet crashed Saturday during takeoff near Boston, killing Katz, three guests and three crew members.
Spouses confirmed the deaths Monday of co-pilot Bauke “Mike” de Vries of Marlton, New Jersey, and flight attendant Teresa Benhoff of Easton, Maryland.
Shelly de Vries says her 45-year-old husband was once a passenger in a crash that killed another pilot. She says he had no memory of it, and still loved to fly.
Massachusetts authorities have identified the co-pilot as 51-year-old James McDowell of Georgetown, Delaware. His family is declining to comment.
Relatives say all had worked for Katz at least 10 years.